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Today's News

  • Four vie for three seats in Kingston

    Three open seats, four capable candidates.

    That is the enviable situation Kingston voters will face in the June 7 city council election.

    Recently all four, including incumbent Norm Sugarman, appeared for a city-sponsored candidate forum. Also running is Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

    Among the most recognizable names are Brown and Sugarman. Brown, a former county elections director who currently oversees Roane County Park, has served on the city council twice before.

  • Man dies after fight

    Harriman police are trying to determine the cause of death of a man who died shortly after a fight Monday night on Baumgartner Road.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said they have sent Russell Barefield’s body for autopsy to determine whether the fight played a role in his death or if he died of a pre-existing condition.

    “Right now, we have two men that got into an argument, fight at a residence in town,” Heidle said.

    It was like a fistfight, no weapons, Heidle added.

  • Miss Polk Salad honors go to RCHS's Taylor Lindsay

    Senior year got a little more special for Taylor Lindsay on Saturday. The Roane County High School student beat out six other contestants to win the Miss Polk Salad pageant at Harriman’s Riverfront Park.

    “It’s such a great honor,” a jubilant Lindsay said after the competition. “This is wonderful. I get to represent Roane County and Tennessee now as Miss Polk Salad. I couldn’t ask for more.”

    Her parents also were proud.

  • Report says inmate died of natural causes

    A man who died at the Roane County Jail last month succumbed to health problems, according to the final autopsy report.

    Robert Allen Harrison, 50, collapsed on April 8; after CPR was attempted, he was pronounced dead.

    Harrison died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, the autopsy report said.

    Significantly contributing to his death were  nortriptyline (an antidepressant) intoxication and emphysema, the report said. Harrison was jailed on a failure-to-appear charge.

  • Skate camp gives kids summer options

    This summer children have another option beyond baking in the hot summer sun and sitting in front of a video game.

    For a week, they can also hone their skating skills at a skate camp at Roane County Skating Center from May 30-June 3 from 8 to 4 p.m. The $150 fee includes a new pair of skates.

    “They are all getting a brand new pair of skates,” said Jessica Thompson, who helps run the facility with husband, Virgil. She said they have a page out of the catalog the children can pick their skates from.

  • Rockwood's retail success means church must make move

    While the growing retail base for Rockwood is mostly a good thing for all, it means one local church may soon be looking for a new home.

    Shawn Hatfield of One Faith Community Church said the congregation may soon have to leave its location it the retail shopping center near Goody’s.

    “We’re going to have to find a new building. They want our spot to go retail,” Hatfield said.

    He said his storefront may be where the possible Hibbett Sports will be located.

  • EPA releases action plans on 70 coal ash impoundments

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing action plans developed by 20 electric utility facilities with 70 coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Johnny wants you to share your love story

    Once a week, I walk out of the office with a pile of newspapers.
    They’re not intended for the birdcage; nor for my fire pit.
    Rather, I carry them home for research purposes.
    You see, even though several times a day I check our news and sports in their various stages of work-flow, I also go through each printed edition.
    Folks in the press room will tell you, I’m often standing at the end of the folder as the first make-ready copies roll off.
    What I am looking for is simple … what I hope you are looking for.

  • Trying to stifle student reporting just won’t work

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Wanna keep a secret? Betcha can’t — particularly when it involves an arrest and later the resignation of a local teacher.
    But when allegations of improper conduct involving a teacher are involved, principals still keep trying to stifle the news through the heavy-handed — and futile — method of censoring the school publication.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Day planned May 21 in Roane

    Roane County households may dispose of possible hazardous wastes in a free and safe way during this weekend’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at the recycling center at 215 White Pine Road, Midtown.

    Household hazardous waste materials will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21. No business, agribusiness, school or church waste will be accepted.